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he Copper Hills boys soccer team had its backs against the wall. Staring at a one goal deficit against a tough Region 3 opponent Taylorsville, they knew they must win to secure and improve on the teams state playoff position. The Grizzlies had to buckle down to get what they desire, a long and meaningful experience in the state playoffs. Junior Aaron Nixon slammed his second goal into the back of the net after a Taylorsville deflection. The goal put the Grizzlies on top to stay, securing three points in the standings. “We went down 1-0 here against the Warriors, but not one of us thought we were going to lose. That is one of our team strengths. We are 100 percent committed to each other on and off the pitch,” senior forward Junior Estrada said after the 2-1 Grizzly victory. Estrada has netted a team leading nine goals for the Grizzlies entering the season’s final week, ranking fourth in the state for goals scored. “I feel great about our team. We are headed into the playoffs with a four game win streak. We have a lot of momentum and I think we could explode in the playoffs,” Estrada said. The Grizzlies finished the season in second place with a 8-3-1 record. “We have really worked hard on our defense this season. We wanted to win the ball defensively and counter attack. Our success has come from playing compact defense and not leaving gaps for the other teams to exploit. Defensively we really wanted to be strong and not concede goals,” head coach Eddie Moura said. The Grizzlies never allowed more than three goals in a contest this season. Their largest defeat came at home against Bingham 3-1 on April 8. “Connor (Mooney) has been a great keeper. He is very talented and waited for his opportunity. He plays a lot bigger than he really is. We can count on him in the back,” Moura said. Senior Danny Vargas anchors the defensive back line. Vargas comes from a soccer family, His older brother Luis graduated in 2015 from Copper Hills and is currently playing soccer at San Jose State University. “Danny (Vargas) has been a four year starter for us. I think he really matured this season. He has communicated well on the back line for us and taken responsibility for the team back there,” Moura said. The Grizzlies lost last season in the first round of the state playoffs 4-3 to Taylorsville. They have qualified for the state playoffs eight straight seasons. Their overall record in the playoffs is 7-8 they advanced to the semi-finals in 2012 were they lost to Davis 1-0. The 5A state soccer playoffs are scheduled to begin May 17. The Grizzlies will face Fremont. The finals are to be held May 26 (after press deadline.) “I think we have as good a chance as any team out there. We can compete with any team. I am proud of our team’s resiliency. These kids never give up and stand behind each other. They just have that meatality,” Moura said. Senior Jayden Colotla was awarded with an Academic All-State award for his cumulative 4.0 grade point average. l

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Taffy Town Moves to West Jordan By Tori La Rue |


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ames Vernon Glade, a miner from Park City, was struggling to pay the bills after the birth of his second child, so he used change in his pocket to buy materials to make a 5-pound bag of peppermint chews that he would later sell for profit. “That’s how Glade Candy Company got started,” Derek Glade, James’ great grandson, said. “Within just a couple of months, he had a bicycle delivery and over 50 different accounts, and we just grew from there.” Now, one hundred years and four generations after that first batch of peppermint chews, James’ company has grown to become a national distributer that his grandson and four great sons manage. The company dabbled in many different kinds of candy before finding their niche – taffy. They subsequently changed their name to Taffy Town in 1994. “Our great grandfather, he’d probably be surprised that the business is still around, but he’d be proud,” Jason Glade, president of Taffy Town, said. “He was a true entrepreneur and he’d be excited about our big move.” For the third time in company history, Taffy Town’s is switching locations, and they’re coming to West Jordan at 9813 Prosperity Road. The Glade family broke ground on the building on May 10, and are expecting a grand opening sometime mid-November. Jordan Glade, Jason’s son, has mixed feelings about the new building. “It will be good to have a more

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workable environment and more space, but I’ve been in that other building since I was just a little kid, so I think I will miss it a little,” the 15-year-old said. Derek said he’s excited for the move because it will give them adequate space, and he said he’s excited about the relocation to West Jordan because his family has ties to the city. Several of the executive members of Taffy Town live in West Jordan, and Derek attended West Jordan High School when he first started working at Taffy Town as a teenager. The family continues to fill many roles in the business, but some of their 50 employees are not related to them. Jacob Sites, Taffy Town employee, met Aaron Glade, Jason and Derek’s brother, back east. When Aaron offered Jacob a job, he jumped on the opportunity.

“The cost of living is way cheaper here, and the job is busy and fast paced,” Sites said. “The family is just a great family to work with. It’s a great place. I love my job.” Taffy Town will likely be hiring more employees once their new facility opens, and they’d love to have some West Jordan residents on their team, Derek. He said to stay tuned for job announcements in the future. Lamont Snarr, board director of the West Jordan Chamber of Commerce, said he’s thrilled that Taffy Town will be calling West Jordan its home. “It’s a symbol of industry and the longevity of family businesses,” Snarr said. “Family businesses can stick around. That can happen. It’s the American Dream. It really is.” l

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est Jordan updated more than half of its city parks this season by installing 23 new playgrounds and 10 new pavilions after the city council approved an $4 million bond. “I truly believe this will have a positive impact for the city and the residents,” Brian Clegg, director of city parks and recreation, said. “I believe if Parks are kept up and looking nice it creates a safer environment for the residents and the kids that use the parks and is good for property values.” Wayne Mackay, who’s lived across the street from Camelot park for 40 years, said he’s grateful to see the park update. The Camelot Park update includes a pavilion and playground replacement. The playground includes tall slides. “I’m happy to see the change in the playground,” Mackay said. “These kids on the street are getting older, and it’s fitting to see them put in a bigger playground that those kids can still enjoy.” To avoid “cookie cutter” parks, Clegg said his department selected different playgrounds for each park. For example, while the Constitution park features bridges made out of netting, Lexington park has rock climbing walls. Jessica Huarta, 18, takes her dog Cody to the Bicentennial Park daily. She said she thinks it’s wise for the city to spend money on parks because they help bring people together. “It’s nice to have somewhere that you can meet up whenever,” she said. “It’s a great place for children to come so that families can spend time outside, but it’s still fun for the

Pictured is one of the 10 new park pavilions that were installed in West Jordan parks this season. – Tori La Rue

parents, too. I come here in my free time, and I know that my siblings and parents do too.” Most resident feedback has been positive, Clegg said. “Parks are an invaluable resource that provide physical and psychological health,” Clegg said. “They strengthen our communities, and make our city and neighborhoods more attractive and a desirable place to live and work.” l


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Volunteers Clean, Celebrate Jordan River By Tori La Rue |


undreds of volunteers participated in the third annual Get Into the River festival conservation day along the Jordan River Parkway trail May 12, and hundreds more came out to the conservation celebration May 14. “Fortunately, there are so many people working on helping the river right now, and as more people understand recreational possibilities we’ll have clean water and clean river,” Denise Winslow, who spearheaded the event, said. “We want to make people aware of the river and parkway because it is there and can be treasure to our community.” As the regional community affairs manager for Wells Fargo, Winslow, sets up community projects for the employees within her branches. While setting up Jordan River cleaning canoeing expeditions for Wells Fargo employees through an organization called SPLORE, she came up with the idea of gathering a large number of organizations to help in a giant conservation day. This idea led to the creation of the Get Into the River celebration. Wells Fargo, and more than 20 other organizations, businesses and municipalities organized 17 conservation projects and eleven celebrations as part of this year’s Get Into the River. “I always love these kind of projects,” Karen Nelson, volunteer, said. “I bike this trail all of the time, so it’s nice to give back.” Nelson worked with 20 volunteers, most from Wells Fargo, and employees of the South Jordan Parks and Recreation department to remove two kinds of weeds from the area surrounding the trail and river to the East of Mulligans Golf and Games at 692 West 10600 South. These volunteers also put wire cages around the Cottonwood trees in the area to keep beavers from gnawing on them. Katie Lindquist, South Jordan’s event lead for the festival,

said she’d love to spend every day maintaining the trails, because she believes they are a great asset to the community. “When we rounded up the volunteers at the beginning of the project, I asked how many of them used the trail, and not a lot of them raised their hands,” Lindquist said. “I think people just don’t realize that it is there for them to use, so they don’t seek it out. I think getting people out here to help and seeing the news coverage will help more people to utilize it.” Jonathan Cantrell, volunteer, said he forgets about the trail from time to time and said the conservation day and festival are a good reminder. “I’m used to just sitting indoors all day typing,” said Cantrell, who works for Wells Fargo’s email department. “It’s different and really, really fun to volunteer and to put forth an effort to try to keep this area clean.” In addition to cleaning the trail and grass area bordering the river, four volunteer groups kayaked through the river, picking up trash as they went. Signups were required for these projects, and two of them were full a week before the event. Two days after the conservation day, hundreds of residents came out to Get Into the River’s eleven celebrations that spanned from North Salt Lake City to Draper. Most activities began around 9 a.m. and ended around 1 p.m. West Jordan City’s celebration at 1100 West 7800 South included the Mayor’s Mile race, a free fun run for children under 14. Participants won if they outran West Jordan’s mayor, Kim Rolfe. At the same location, residents were invited to contribute to a chalk art mural. The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy offered garden walks, a composting class and a lawn care class at their celebration in West Jordan at 1300 West 8275 South. South Jordan City also participated in the festivities. Their


Two volunteers clear weeds from the grounds surrounding the Jordan River and its parkway in South Jordan –Tori La Rue

celebration included information booths about the Jordan River and a fishing contest for children 11 and under at 11267 River Front Parkway. A final concert at Utah State Fair Park Amphitheatre, located at 155 North 1000 West, was the final celebration in the festival. From 7 to 9 p.m., Holy Water Buffalo and Hollering Pines performed and boat rides and food trucks were available. The final concert was new this year, and Winslow said she’s brainstorming ideas for Get Into the River’s 2017 festivities. “I think we’ll get more demonstrations of recreation like kayaking and canoeing out on the river,” she said. “That will make people aware of the river parkway that is accessible to them all the way from Davis County to Utah County.” l



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Council to Approve Performance-Based Zones By Tori La Rue |


he West Jordan City Council voted to approve two changes to the municipal code that will affect the planning of large residential developments on the west side of the city. Previously, the planning commission acted as the approving body for performance-based zones, which allowed greater density within a zone in exchange for quality upgrades. The council acted as a ratifying body that could give their consent to performance-based developments that the commission had approved. This, in essence, allowed the commission to set the density even though the planning commission is an appointed body and shouldn’t have the legislative authority to enact ordinance, Scott Langford, city planner, said. During the May 11 city council meeting, the council voted unanimously to change the council to the “approving body” on these types of projects. “I am very, very happy to see this,” Councilmember Chris McConnehey said. “I wish this would have been done four years ago. There’s been some instances with some other developments where we found ourselves in a bit of a predicament. This puts us in a much better position as an elected body to make the decisions that are requested that effect the folks that we represent.” Victor Barnes, representing Peterson Development, expressed his concern. Peterson is already involved in several performance-based zone projects and he said they are worried about

how this change will affect those developments. “We question whether you can now change some of our procedure and the process that we go through,” Barnes said. “We think working with staff who is confident and who does a good job is more than enough. We think that working with another body (the city council) is more than we need to take care of and ensure that we provide good subdivisions and good products to the city of West Jordan.” David Brickey, city attorney, said he believes developers with existing projects have rights that they could argue successfully if the city was pushed to litigation. Several weeks ago weeks ago he started asking them to bring up their concerns and tell him what implications the city might be missing by having the council act as the approving body. His hope is that developers’ specific concerns, if any, can be discussed with the city council in future meetings before anyone starts “finger pointing,” he said. Langford said he doesn’t think the change of the approving body violates current agreements. “The process really doesn’t change a whole lot, and, in my opinion, it should streamline it,” he said. The developers will still work with the planning commission to discuss their performance-based projects, and then the commission will give a recommendation to the city council based on their research. Afterward, the city council will vote on the recommendations and make amendments. The process will be very

West Jordan City Council amended the city code, allowing the council to performance-based zones in master planned communities, like The Highlands. – The Highlands at West Jordan

similar to that of a rezone. “In essence, when you look at these master-plans you are creating a unique zoning for that particular area, and so I really like this amendment,” Langford said. “It puts this process more in line with the rest of the city that’s already been coded.” The city council also voted in favor of allowing



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developers and the planning commission to propose exemptions to the Cap and Grade, which dictates the amount of density allowed throughout the city, if they are dealing with more than 75 undeveloped acres of land that they want to convert to a performancebased zone. Mayor Kim Rolfe and Councilmembers Jeff Haaga and Dirk Burton dissented, but the vote passed four to three. l

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Mr. and Mrs. William Calloway of Sandy annoucne with great pride the graduation of their daughter, Claire Elizabeth Calloway from Sandy High School. Claire graduated with honors and is lookign forward to attending Utah State University in the fall where she will be studying accounting. A reception to celebrate her achievements will be held at the 5th Stake House in Sandy at 1pm. While you’re under no obligation to give a gift, even if you aren’t attending a party and aren’t close to the family, a card of congratulations or a handwritten note is something the graduate will appreciate. Thank you and congratulations Claire. We love you!!

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City Aims for Auto Mall By Tori La Rue |


undred-year-old auto franchise laws within the state that kept dealerships thriving on State Street in Sandy, Murray and other nearby cities locked West Jordan out of the market until recently. “There were some modifications to state law during the 2015 Legislative session that now make it easier for dealers to open,” Kim Wells, spokeswoman for West Jordan, said. “We think the road blocks have been removed and are moving forward to bring car dealers to West Jordan.” The required mileage between dealerships of the same brand was changed from 15 miles to 10 miles in the 2015 session, and the composition of the Dealership Advisory Committee, a committee which can suggest that the director of the Utah Department of Commerce override the 10-mile requirement, was changed to include more voices. Before the law change, competing dealers comprised a large majority of the committee which made it challenging for new dealers to be approved, according to Rep. Kim Coleman R-West Jordan. Jeremy Olsen, economic and development assistance supervisor for West Jordan, said this law change is a game changer in getting auto dealerships into the city. Two auto dealers have been conversing with city staff about building in the city, and one is in the process of trying to get approval from a manufacturer, according to David Oka, the city’s economic development director. Although Oka said he couldn’t release names of the dealers, Kim Wells said they will likely release some type of announcement in June. “We believe things will move forward quite rapidly,” Oka said. The city’s taken the first step by purchasing land for a dealership within their new 239-acre Copper Hills Marketplace Development located between 5600 West New Bingham Highway and 9000 South Prosperity Road. The population growth on the west side of West Jordan created a market that didn’t exist 20 years ago, Olsen said. “When the Mountain View Corridor opened up, it made a retail location that wasn’t there previously,” Olsen said. “Almost every auto mall is off of a freeway exit somewhere, so Mountain View brought us a location that was suitable.” Convenience is a huge reason why West Jordan could use an auto mall, according to Olsen. Most auto dealerships are by the freeway and state street. The only auto dealerships west of Redwood Road in the county are in West Valley. This leaves western West Jordan residents with a 20 to 30-minute drive

Empty fields like this one on the west side of West Jordan will soon be under construction as the population grows. City staff hope an Auto Mall will claim some of that open space. – Taylor Stevens.

each way to auto dealerships. A city-wide study conducted in August 2013 identified motor vehicle sales and services as the largest unmet retail need in West Jordan. West Jordan’s autorelated business met 13 percent of the total demand, with residents spending more than $138 million in auto expenses within other cities. “We’d like to keep the tax dollars in our city where they can benefit our community rather than have those dollars go to neighboring cities,” Kim Wells said. Jan Wells, Chief Administrative Officer for Murray, said she’s not sure if expanding the auto market in the west side of the valley would hurt Murray and other cities on the east side economically. “I really think it is up to the dealers to decide if they think they will have enough business to build another dealership in the valley,” Jan Wells said. “I’m sure there is a saturation point where you have more dealers in valley than you have people who want to buy cars, but I can understand why people want to produce competition so that the pie is split more evenly.” Coleman said it’s not about splitting the “pie” more evenly. “As a free market you’re not splitting the pie into smaller pieces — you are growing the pie,” Coleman said. “We can sustain more in the auto industry. The pie has expanded. Right now populations double while dealerships don’t.” Olsen said it may still take 18 months to two years to secure West Jordan’s first auto dealer, but he said he’s fairly confident that one dealer will bring other dealers, creating synergy. “It’s our hope that the auto businesses will be a springboard to other restaurants, banks and other economic development in that part of the city,” he said. l

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Dads Experience Science with Their Kids By Tori La Rue |

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One Columbia Elementary School student gets ready to launch a marshmallow from a self-made catapult at an after-school activity. – Stacey Leavitt


cKenna Lager and her father Andrew Lager, both Myth Buster enthusiasts, configured their own science projects at Columbia Elementary School’s first Dad and Kid Science Night on April 27. The pair designed a catapult out of a mouse trap to fling marshmallows and paper airplanes to fly across the cafeteria. The Lagers and around 800 other participants experimented by shooting large and small marshmallows, noticing their different trajectories, and testing how different kinds of paper affected the length of a paper airplane’s flight. “There were so many participants that is was hard to do the catapult without hitting other people, but we had a really fun time,” Andrew said. “McKenna really enjoyed it, and we will definitely do some more of these fun experiments at home.” Angela Drope, climate specialist at Columbia Elementary, said she initiated the Dad and Kid Science Night as a way to help fathers become more involved in their children’s education and get children interested in STEM education. She said they didn’t have to put in a lot of effort to advertise the event. “I sent home flyers and asked dads to RSVP,” Drope said. “My coworker and I also assembled the mouse trap catapults in the cafeteria at lunch. Occasionally we demonstrated them for the kids,

A father and son create a catapult using a plastic spoon and a mousetrap at the Dad and kid Science Night at Columbia Elementary School – Stacey Leavitt

and the kids were naturally curious about what we were doing. It was easy advertisement.” Drope said her favorite part about the science night was “watching the dads become kids again” as they raced each other with their paper airplanes. It was so well attended that Drope said she is already beginning to plan a similar activity in the future. “The parents and students were shocked at the amount of people in the room. I think even they were amazed at the turnout,” Drope said. Cameron Evans, one of the dads, said the turnout was both “impressive” and “chaotic.” He said he hopes the next Dad and Kid Science Night is held outside, where there would be more room to run around than in the lunchroom. “My kids were excited and had a lot of fun but got kind of tired of it towards the end as it ended up being kids running around everywhere with airplanes,” Evans said. “Also, with the amount of people it was hard to keep order or get people to follow some instructions. I was kind of disappointed it wasn’t as organized as I expected.” In all, Evans said he and his three kids had a good time but would have appreciated a more structured contest or more instructions. “We were just told to go at it and to experiment,” Evans said. “A little more guidance could have gone a long way, but we had fun.” l

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Meet West Jordan’s ‘Outstanding Educators’ By Tori La Rue |

Ronald Squire’s second-grade students give him a congratulatory hug for receiving an award from the Jordan Education Foundation. – Jordan School District


ach year the Jordan Education Foundation honors certain teachers within the Jordan School District as their “Outstanding Educators” and awards them with a cash prize of $1,000, and this year four teachers from West Jordan made the cut. The foundation chose Ronald Squire, from Jordan Hills Elementary; Carolee Tautkus, from Mountain Shadows Elementary; Melinda Mansouri, from the Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers North Campus and Kristie Clawson, from West Jordan High School because of their students’ academic growth, teaching practices and positive effect on students’ lives, according to foundation director Steve Hall. While these teachers are making a difference, few people outside of their school and classroom may know their contributions to society, Hall said.



The Jordan Education Foundation surprises Carollee Tautkus in class by bringing balloons and an award to her class. – Jordan School District

Melinda Mansouri accepts a gift from the Jordan Education Foundation as they name her one of their “Outstanding Educators” for 2016. – Jordan School District

Kristie Clawson reacts to hearing that she’s one of the Jordan Education Foundation’s Educators of the Year. – Jordan School District

Ronald Squire teaches second grade, which he said is “perfection.” “[The students] are still little and cute and excited, but they are but big enough that they can do some stuff on their own so I’m not tying shoes and wiping butts all day,” Squire said. “They come to second grade ready to go, and they are doing pretty well in reading. Instead of learning to read, we can read to learn.” Squire dabbled in other pursuits after finishing high school, but said he decided he wanted to be a teacher after he and his best friend Jayme Nielson spent time helping her mother run her first grade classroom. After going to college together, Squire and Nielson both teach second grade at Jordan Hills Elementary School. “It’s amazing being able to work with my best

friend,” Squire said. For Squire, the best part about teaching is seeing students grasp new concepts, he said. One girl in his class was working on addition facts that all of the other students in the class had passed off, but in May she finally understood the process that she’d been studying all year. The other students cheered for her and her confidence shot up, Squire said. When Squire received the Outstanding Educator award, he didn’t know how to respond. “I was surprised, only that’s not the right word because I was more surprised than ‘surprised,’” he said. “I guess you could say I was confused and flattered, and I felt like, ‘Why me?’ because everyone around me works so hard. I wish my award could have been for everybody – my whole team.” Carollee Tautkus teaches Special Education at Mountain Shadows Elementary where she is loved by the faculty, staff, students and parents, according to Principal Annette Huff. Tautkus’s students have specific procedures to follow when they enter her classroom. They pick up their folders, sit down at one of three tables and begin their schoolwork. You’d never know they were students with disabilities who are struggling to learn because of the way they follow her directions, Huff said. “It is not a wonder that parents and students sit in meetings and cry, as their child is released from resource because they no longer qualify,” Huff said. “What should be a time of celebrating great accomplishment is also a sad day because they know that they will no longer be able to enjoy learning in a small group setting with such a kind, loving teacher.” Huff puts on a musical for the school each year, receives visits from former students who she stays in contact with and present professional development

strategies to staff at meetings, according to the letter written by several of her colleagues at the school that was submitted with her nomination. “Nothing is impossible to Mrs. Tautkus,” the letter states. “She finds a way to make a difference in her classroom and in our school.” Melinda Mansouri has been teaching in Jordan School District for 21 years, but she’s been teaching the Web/Mobile App Development curriculum that she created at the Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers North for four years. “I have built a program at the JATC with countless hours of unpaid time,” Mansouri said. “This award was an amazing way to recognize the time and dedication spent to help Jordan District students. We have so many amazing, dedicated teachers who are rarely recognized.” Mansouri said she knows firsthand that the inspiration a teacher gives can change the course of a student’s life, and said that’s what keeps her going. While she was attending Parowan high school, her English teacher, Gayle Burns, had an influence on her that led her to want to teach dance and literature. Later on, she switched to teaching technology because she had a talent for it and wanted to try something new, she said. “I love that I am in a position to really make a difference in students’ lives,” she said. “I love having the opportunity to teach new skills and watch my students become amazing web designers who are ready to start working in their chosen career field during my class.” Kristie Clawson, the business department chair at West Jordan High School, graduated from West Jordan High School and has two daughters who currently attend the school and play on the softball team. She may put in so much time with the credit deficient students at the school and not let them fail because she herself is so “Jagmatized,” Principal Michael Kochevar said. “You will never see Kristie sitting behind her desk – she is out helping students,” Kochevar said. “She cares about each individual student. She wants them to be successful and will hound them if they don’t finish their assignment she’s truly there for students.” Students often hear her saying, “Be good, make good choices, remember who you are and what you stand for and make your parents proud,” according to Kochevar. “She’s a wonderful teacher and a great person,” Kochevar said. “She’s made a difference in students’ lives.” l

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life long residents of West Jordan, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on June 5, 2016. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple. LaDell has an appreciation of beautiful flowers, yards & is a master gardener. He loves new cars, teasing others & chocolate chip cookies. Shelba has a love for her heritage, friends & family. She enjoys cooking, canning, needlework & Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. LaDell retired from Kennecott Copper Corporation & Shelba from Valley Bank & Trust. Both faithfully serve in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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We are fortunate to live in a free country where we can each pursue our dreams. That freedom comes at a cost, which we were reminded of during our recent Memorial Day holiday. The City holds many different events throughout the year, but few touch my heart as much as our Memorial Day Tribute where we recently commemorated those service men and women who have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms and our upcoming Independence Day Celebration where we will celebrate our nation’s birth. These events and many others take place in our beautiful Veterans Memorial Park behind City Hall. If you haven’t visited this park, I invite you to come enjoy almost 100 acres of grass, trees, playgrounds, pavilions, tennis courts, ball fields, an adaptive ballfield, arena, and more. There’s even a Military Services Monument that includes a 69’ reflecting pond, a mural depicting the conflicts from the Revolutionary War through the War in Iraq, and flags representing the different branches of the military. The Salt Lake County Library headquarters is also located adjacent to Veterans Memorial Park. We are happy to partner with them on their Summer Reading Kick Off Party Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This event is a celebration of

children and encourages them to discover and learn through books. City services are also spotlighted at this event. Kids can come check out fire engines, watch a police K-9 demonstration and more. It’s also where kids sign up for our Mutton Bustin’ Challenge and the Princess Contest, which take place each night at our Western Stampede Rodeo, July 1, 2 and 4. The Stampede has been a community tradition since 1954 and is packed full of action and family fun. My family and I have been going for over 40 years, and last year’s show was one of the best. Cervi Championship Rodeo will be back again this year and is nationally known for their bucking stock. If you haven’t been to a rodeo before, I invite you to come see what it’s all about. Other Fourth of July activities include our parade, movie in the park, band concert, fireworks finale, and the carnival will be back for three days of fun. My thanks to the many great community partners who help make the Western Stampede possible. We are lucky to have so many businesses that give back to our community. One of these businesses is Stevens-Henager College, which provides two “Mayor’s Choice” scholarships: one for $15,000 to use toward an associate’s degree and the other for $25,000 toward a bachelor’s degree. They will also help you finish your GED at no cost to you. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, email me at (More details in adjacent article.)

Mayor Partners with Stevens-Henager College to Award Two Scholarships Worth up to $25,000 As part of the ongoing effort to make life better for West Jordan residents, Mayor Kim Rolfe is pleased to sponsor two special Mayor’s Scholarships to Stevens-Henager College, Salt Lake/Murray campus. One scholarship provides $15,000 toward an associate’s degree, and the other provides $25,000 toward a bachelor’s degree. “I invite any interested West Jordan resident or employee to apply for either scholarship, regardless of your age,” said Mayor Rolfe. “You just need to write an essay on why West Jordan is the best city to live or work in. I’ll also consider each applicant’s financial need, community service, and extracurricular activities.


TOWN HALL MEETING Wednesday June 15, 2016 7:00 – 8:00 pm Agenda to be posted on Tuesday. Some topics to discuss are: Bangerter & 9000 South, Trail between Vista & Teton Estates Park, sidewalk repairs on 7800 South west of Bangerter and your ideas. West Jordan City Hall 8000 So. Redwood Rd WEST JORDAN CITY COUNCILMAN DIRK BURTON

Neighborhood Watch

Help Keep Your Neighborhood Safe Ever consider starting a neighborhood watch in your neighborhood? Since 1972, the Neighborhood Watch Program (housed within the National Sheriff’s Association) has worked to unite law enforcement agencies and individual citizens in a nation-wide effort to reduce crime and improve local communities. The success of the program has established Neighborhood Watch as the nation’s premier crime prevention and community mobilization program. Visible signs of the program can be seen throughout West Jordan. Neighborhood Watch is a great way to get to know your neighbors and learn crime prevention tips on how to secure your home and property. You will also learn how and when to report crimes or suspicious activity in your neighborhood. If you would like more information on how to start this program in YOUR neighborhood, contact: Christie Jacobs 801-256-2032 or or Barbara Tatangelo 801256-2033 or

I look forward to awarding these two scholarships to deserving applicants.” As a nonprofit institution, Stevens-Henager College makes the Mayor’s Scholarship available through its Good Neighbor Initiative. Associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees are available in healthcare, business, technology and graphic arts. Applicants who don’t receive a Mayor’s Scholarship are welcome to apply for additional scholarships and financial aid. For more details and to apply for Mayor Kim Rolfe’s scholarships, call 801-2817632. The application deadline is Aug. 1, 2016. Stevens-Henager College is located at 383 West Vine Street in Murray.

2016 Election Information The June 28, 2016 Primary Election will be conducted mainly by mail. We will mail a ballot to every active registered voter in Salt Lake County. Please contact the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office at 385-GOT-VOTE (385)468-8683, or email if you have moved and need to update your voter registration record. Important Primary Election Information:


Ballots for the Primary Election will be mailed on June 6th.

A postage-paid envelope will be provided.

Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than June 27, the day before Election Day.

Wednesday June 15, 2016 You may also return your ballot to other locations. For a list of locations visit 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Early voting will be open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays – June 15 – 24. Visit for a list of Agenda to be posted on early voting locations and hours.

Vote centers will be open on Election Day for voters who need amenities provided by the electronic voting Tuesday. Some topics to discuss are: machines, misplaced their ballot, or prefer to vote in person on an electronic machine. Bangerter & 9000 South, Trail

You may track your returned ballot online to ensure that it was receivedsidewalk by our office aton 7800 South west repairs of Bangerter and your ideas.

between Vista & Teton Estates Park,

West Jordan City Hall 8000 So. Redwood Rd

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West Jordan Stampede & Celebration

July 1, 2 & 4

July is a month to celebrate our Nation’s birth! In West Jordan, we celebrate with a lineup of events including the 62nd annual Western Stampede, a family friendly carnival, parade, movie in the park, fireworks and more!

Western Stampede Rodeo – July 1, 2 & 4

Road Closure Notice

Tickets are on sale for the West Jordan Western Stampede Rodeo July 1, 2 & 4. Come see the thrills and spills that are part of this fun event, which is celebrating 62 years! Buy tickets in advance online for the best prices! All seats reserved. Grandstand Adult $12, or $10 for children under 12. Lower Reserved: $17. Event details and ticket at a and ticket at

Several roads will be closed on July 4 to accommodate the Fourth of July Parade. Redwood Road from 7000 South to 8000 South will be closed from 10 a.m. to noon; 7000 South between 2200 West and Redwood Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to noon; and no thru traffic will be allowed on 7800 South. Please use alternate routes during these times.

Carnival – July 1, 2 & 4

Movie in the Park

West Jordan Band Concert After the parade, wander over to Veterans Memorial Park, 8030 S. 1825 West, and listen to patriotic sounds of the West Jordan Band. The band performs at 1:30 p.m. in the Viridian Amphitheater.

“Hotel Transylvania 2” lights up the big screen July 4 in Veter-

ans Memorial Park, 8030 South 1825 West. Showtime is about 9 p.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebrate our Nation’s birthday with a fireworks finale in Veterans Memorial Park, 8030 South 1825 West at 10 p.m.

Fireworks Laws Back by popular demand! The carnival will be in Veterans Memorial Park, 8030 South 1825 West, bringing fun rides, great food, vendors and more! Hours of Operation are July 1: 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; July 2: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; July 4: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fourth of July Parade West Jordan’s Fourth of July parade runs NORTH up Redwood Road from City Hall at 8000 South to 7000 South. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m.

Personal fireworks are not allowed in city parks but may be discharged according to state code between the dates of July 1-7 and July 21-27 in non-restricted areas. Restricted areas include: 1. All areas west of U-111 (Bacchus Highway) within West Jordan City limits. 2. All areas within 200 feet of the Jordan River Parkway Trail east of 1300 West. 3. All areas within 200 feet of the area commonly referred to as Clay Hollow Wash that run east and west in the area of 7800 South (approximately 4800 West to U-111). 4. All areas within 200 feet of Bingham Creek, located near Old Bingham Highway running the length of the east/west boundaries within West Jordan. 5. All city parks, unless a permit has been obtained for a professional display. Visit for additional details. Tickets and information at



Arbor Day Foundation Names West Jordan Tree City USA West Jordan was recently named a 2015 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. West Jordan achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita

and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

The Creative Works of Cliff Treglown on Display at the Schorr Gallery Clifton Treglown, long-time West Jordan resident and former city councilman, is the next artist exhibiting his work at the Schorr Gallery. His work includes oil painted landscapes, still-life and abstracts, as well as wood carvings, ceramics and silver jewelry. “After I retired as an art teacher from Cyprus High School, I crafted large children’s rocking horses and sold them in Park City. I also made wood bowls carved from tree trunks,” he said. “Four hundred bowls later we moved from the family home I had built, into to our condo. I’m so grateful my wife allows me to use the bedroom to continue to create, although I miss the room of our house. I have over 100 paintings hung and stacked all over the place.” As a young teenager in high school, he didn’t take any art classes. It wasn’t until he served an LDS mission to Samoa, that his appreciation of art flourished. He was very impressed with the creative abilities of the Samoan people. He loved their wood carvings, their paintings, their culture.

When he returned home, he attended college, took classes in painting, pottery and metal-smithing making jewelry, and the rest is history. “I have always enjoyed creating things with my hands,” said Treglown.” I hope to continue to as long as I can. I love to share and sell my work and hope that all who come to the Gallery will enjoy seeing the things I love to do.” Treglown and his wife have been residents of West Jordan for over 45 years and this year will mark their 60th wedding anniversary. The exhibit will run until July 1. The Schorr Gallery is located on the third floor of West Jordan City Hall, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday- Friday.

7000 SOUTH

CONSTRUCTION 7000 South continues to be reduced to one lane in each direction between 1300 West and the Jordan River as crews upgrade utilities. Work is scheduled to be completed by late June. Drivers should expect delays during morning and evening commutes and use alternate routes when possible. Thanks to the many Comcast Cares Day volunteers who helped plant 200 trees!

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the West Jordan Police Department

Sign up for the next Citizen Police Academy West Jordan Police are searching for people. Not criminal suspects … just the opposite. The Department is seeking candidates to participate in the next class of the Citizen Police Academy, which begins Aug. 11. The 13-week course includes classroom learning and demonstrations, a ride along with an officer, a tour of the Salt Lake County Jail, a visit to the gun range where participants fire weapons under police supervision, a role play SWAT scenario, and a “shoot no shoot” interactive video training experience. Attendees will also have the chance to try body cameras and learn about the pros and cons of this tool. There is no charge to enroll, but applicants must pass a background check and commit to attend the 13-week course. The academy is held Thursday nights from 6-9 p.m. in the Police Department Community Room, 8040 S. Redwood Road. Participants must be 18 years or older and in good health. To register or find out more, contact Crime Prevention Specialists Barbara Tatangelo or Christie Jacobs at 801-256-2000. Enrollment is limited to 24 people.

The Jordan River Trail near 7000 South is now open. A new pedestrian bridge is in place, and a portion of the trail has been repaved. Updated information regarding this and other City projects is available through the Road Alerts page on West Jordan’s website,

The Trail is Open Near 7000 South!




A p r i l 2 0 1 6OF EVENTS - 2016 CALENDAR (Note: Activities are tentative and may change)



Summer Reading Kick Off Veterans Memorial Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



Planning Commission, City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.



City Council Meeting, City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.



Literary Arts Guest Speaker City Hall Community Room 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 7 p.m.





Planning Commission, City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.



West Jordan Theatre Arts “Hairspray, ” Midvale Performing Arts Center” Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday, 7:00 p.m., Saturday the 9th matinee, 695 Center St, Midvale, 2:00 p.m.



City Council Meeting, City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.



Planning Commission, City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.

City Band Concert, Viridian Event Center 8030 S. 1825 West, 7 p.m.


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Independence Day – City Offices Closed



Independence Day Parade, 10:30 a.m.



City Band Concert, Viridian Event Center Amphitheater 8030 S. 1825 West, 1:30 p.m.



Movie in the Park, dusk - 10:30 p.m.






City Council Meeting, City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.



Planning Commission, City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.

Western Stampede PRCA Rodeo



Pioneer Day – City Offices Closed

City Council Meeting, City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.




Planning Commission, City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.





Document Shred and E-waste Recycling 10 a.m.-noon 8000 South 1825 West (parking lot behind City Hall)



City Council Meeting, City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.



Planning Commission, City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.



City Council Meeting, City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.

Fireworks, 10-10:30 p.m.

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Rugby Player Found A Way to Get It Done By Greg James |


ugby had become a major interest to a Copper Hills student, but after a team change he found himself all dressed up with no team to play on. Copper Hills High School senior Kaden Nielsen found a sport he enjoyed and had become very good at, rugby. His sophomore season he was part of the multi-school team from West Jordan. Due to the increasing number of players the team decided to change divisions and enter the single school bracket. This meant Nielsen could only play on the team if he attended West Jordan High School. “Kaden had many more variables that would lead to failure than opportunities to win. I am not just talking about rugby games. He was asked to leave the West Jordan team and had the guts to walk in the door of the principal’s office at Copper Hills and lay out a plan to start a team. I think there are not many students who have the guts to take this risk. Kaden has learned to advocate for himself, question what he is being told and get back up after he has been knocked on his butt,” Copper Hills Principal Todd Quarnberg said. His determination did not let him down and Nielson began making plans to form a Copper Hills team. He adopted the phrase WBTNO, meaning we bow to no one. “I first started loving to play rugby. I could

not play anymore with the West Jordan team so I started asking around and found people that wanted to play. I got enough together and got some great coaches and really started to organize it all,” Nielson said. Nielson recruited players, sponsors and coaches to keep his dream alive. He found a former college rugby player living in his neighborhood, Jordan Clark to be the teams head coach. Clark was a Riverton High School graduate and played competitive club rugby at Utah State. He was interested in helping organize the Grizzly team. He received the needed training and helped acquire the necessary endorsement from the Utah Youth Rugby Association. “I was the only coach for a little while. We were recruiting and practicing as much as we could. We used the grass right in front of Copper Hills and as would luck would have it a guy drove by turned around and called a friend of his that was interested in helping us out. I think we found more players and coaches just by being in front of the school,” Clark said. The administration at Copper Hills supported the efforts of the team by allowing them to make announcements and meet with the football team and acquire uniforms. “The school has been so supportive. Our mistake was getting a late start. Many potential

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players had started playing other sports. This year is almost an advertisement for next year. We have a lot of sophomores and juniors. We do not have many players that have ever played football. Our tackling skills are not quite up to par, but we are improving,” Clark said. Wins and losses were not the goal this season. The Grizzles won only one match via a forfeit and scored only one try, but were supported by all of the Utah rugby family in their efforts.

“Rugby can be different than other sports. The players play their guts out on the field then as you walk off they become a brotherhood. All of our oppoets have thanked us for starting up and halping to grow the sport. This is an awesome group of kids,” Clark said. The Grizzlies lost in the first round of the state playoffs 74-7 to Davis. They are scheduled to play in the consolation championship May 21. l


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Jaguar Baseball Team Just Misses Playoffs By Greg James |


he rise of West Jordan High School baseball continues this season under a new head coach. The Jaguars have taken steps to help their team regain the success of years past. Former head coach David English stepped down following last season and turned the reins over to his former assistant Brady Bartolomew. The Jaguars had hoped to clinch the team’s second straight state playoff appearance, but losses to Bingham in the final week of the season denied the team of the opportunity. “We feel good about our season we had a rough start, but have come on really strong here at the end. It certainly has kept our playoff hopes alive. We have started building a foundation and have a group of younger players that have built expectations of what we need,” Bartolomew said. Four straight wins, beginning April 22, by the Jaguars helped them hold on to a hope of a playoff appearance. Senior Jacob Stauffer held Jordan to one hit and out dueled Jordan’s much heralded Drew Lisk in the team’s initial win. The final four victories in the season high win streak meant more to the players and coaches, three straight against Copper Hills “It is always big for us to play well

“We have started building a foundation and have a group of younger players that have built expectations of what we need.”

The 2016 West Jordan High School baseball missed advancing to the state playoffs by one game. Photo courtesy of West Jordan baseball

against our rival from the city (Copper Hills),” Bartolomew said. The Jaguars held off Copper Hills 2-1 in the series opener. Junior Dylan Krans held them to five hits in the victory.

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In the middle game the Jaguars rallied to score two runs in the bottom of the 13th inning for the victory. Krans homered and Garret McClellan notched the victory. In the final of the three game series the Jaguars

scored four runs and held off a late rally for a 4-3 victory. “Our seniors and juniors have shown good leadership. They really started to play well together and are figuring things out. We have really structured the program. They are playing loose and good things are happening on our team,” Bartolomew said. Bartolomew said lead-off hitter Daulton Kvenvoldal finds a way to get on base. “He (Kvenvold) has been huge for us as a table setter. Dylan (Krans) has such a competitive attitude. He is a gamer and is one of those kids that can carry a team,” Bartolomew said. The Jaguar pitching staff has been anchored by Krans and Stauffer; Brian Banks has become a consistent third starter. Last season’s playoff appearance was the Jaguars first in eight years. They went 1-2 defeating Viewmont and losing the Cottonwood and Taylorsville. “These are fun energetic kids. They have brought a positive atmosphere to our team,” Bartolomew said. The Jaguars finished in fifth place in Region 3 with a 7-11 win-loss record. l

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erry Erwin’s dedication to seniors and those with memory loss started when his own mother, Margaret, developed Alzheimer’s disease. She lived with the disease for over  7 years.  Following her passing, Jerry soon realized there was a tremendous need for specialized dementia care within highquality facilities.   It was that personal experience that led Jerry to think of a better solution for those in the same position as his mother—a place that catered to them and their very unique needs. In 1993, after months of drawing and redrawing plans, and looking at every aspect that he could, Jerry and his extended family built his first dedicated memory care community in Tumwater, Washington. This was the first of a long line of successful developments built with the love and understanding of the dementia care model that still exists today. Even to this day, JEA continually looks at ways to better their design to fit the needs of those suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Today JEA is continuing its passion and love for those who suffer from this devastating disease. It is JEA's mission to offer as many families the care that they and their loved ones deserve.

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As JEA continues its growth, the one philosophy stays the same, and that is to care for each resident with the love and attention that Jerry expected for his mother. JEA is now in its second generation of leadership and the philosophy is still the same. JEA has a simple mission: Committed to being the leader in providing quality personal services for residents while honoring the experience of aging. JEA will have two locations opening this summer to serve the needs of those suffering from memory impairment in the Salt Lake City area. One will be Pheasant Run in South Jordan, and the other will be Barrington Place in Clinton. Both locations will be a part of the exclusive Meaningful Moments® program developed by JEA. This program is specifically designed to help meet the needs of those residents with memory loss. The caring staff of Pheasant Run and Barrington Place will learn about your loved one’s life story—likes, dislikes, and cherished memories—and will develop a unique care plan to meet physical and cognitive needs. The individualized care plan will also address social, emotional, mental and spiritual needs to ensure holistic care. By adding details and preferences from each resident’s life story into their day, the staff at each location

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n, we love listing things to do that won’t break your budget in hopes to inspire you to try something new. Here’s a list of things you can do during the summer. Start by getting yourself a Utah Happenings Entertainment Book (www.Entertainment. com). Enter the code Coupons4Utah to save 20% off either a book or a digital subscription. Shipping is free. The digital subscription works just like the book. Just pull up the coupon on their handy app. Note that discounts on the app vary from what you’ll find in the book. 1. Star gazing party - Check out the Salt Lake Astronomical Society calendar and look for “public star party” to find a free star party near you. 2. Find fireflies - Think Utah doesn’t have fireflies? Think again. A new website hosted by the Utah Museum of Natural History lets you track fireflies right here in Utah. There’s even an interactive map: https://nhmu.utah. edu. On a side note, there’s also a buy one, get one free admission pass for UMNH on the app.

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f someone else tells me, “Here’s how to do more,” I might just rupture a spleen. (Someone else’s spleen, not mine.) I’m already trying to cram 29 hours of tasks into a 24-hour day. Experts recommend we spend our day evenly divided with eight hours of sleep, work and play. But experts are idiots. These Time Control professionals don’t take into account the 75-minute commute, the one hour spent finding lost keys and clothing items, the 10.5 minutes to make/eat breakfast, the 17 minutes showing my spouse some attention, and the one hour spent daydreaming about being rich, followed by 15-25 minutes of sobbing. And that’s not even dealing with kids. (Add an additional seven hours of chores to your day—per child.) Family apps are the latest thing everyone needs to keep their lives on track or you are so completely out of touch you might as well live in a Quonset hut on Neptune. If you don’t have at least five apps coordinating your daily activities, you are a failure. For new moms, Glow Baby tracks your child like a super-focused CIA agent, monitoring everything from how often your child poops (along with the consistency/

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West Jordan June 2016  

Vol. 16 Iss. 06

West Jordan June 2016  

Vol. 16 Iss. 06